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11/18/2014 | 3 MINUTE READ

Composites in aircraft engines focus of pre-conference seminar

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Chris Red of Composites Forecasts and Consulting LLC will present "Composites in Turbofan Aircraft Engines and Nacelles: 2014-2023" on Dec. 9 in a pre-conference seminar leading up to the Carbon Fiber 2014 conference in La Jolla, Calif., USA.


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"Composites in Turbofan Aircraft Engines and Nacelles: 2014-2023" is the title of a pre-conference seminar being offered prior to CompositesWorld's Carbon Fiber 2014 conference, Dec. 9-11 at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif., USA.

The pre-conference seminar is being offered on Tuesday, Dec. 9, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., and will be presented by composites market and technology analyst Chris Red, principle of Composites Forecasts and Consulting LLC (Mesa, Ariz., USA).

Over the past two decades, composites have become widely used in the “fan section” and nacelle structures. In light of current progress, composites demand growth for jet engines is expected to be second only to commercial aircraft production. Between 2014 and 2023, engine OEMs are anticipated deliver more than 65,000 jet engines. These engines are anticipated to require more than 45 million lb of composite structures, representing a value in excess of $15 billion. These volumes are roughly equivalent to global military aircraft, 
business aircraft and general aviation requirements, combined. This seminar is designed to provide a comprehensive analysis for understanding the engine market space, current polymeric- and ceramic-matrix composite aeroengine components and the opportunities that this competitive marketplace presents.

Seminar Outline:

  1. Introduction & Methodology
  2. 2014-2023 Aircraft Production Forecast
  3. Composite Applications and Trends by Engine Model and OEM
  4. Jet Engine Production Forecast by Engine Size and Market Segment
  5. OEM and Tier Suppliers Composite Demand Requirements
  6. Composite Processing, Manufacturing, and Raw Materials Forecasts
  7. Summary and Concluding Remarks
  8. Q&A Session 

For more information about the pre-conference seminar and to register, visit Carbon Fiber 2014.

The conference itself, Dec. 10-11, will include data from Tony Roberts, principle of AJR Consultant (Orange, Calif., USA), on the current carbon fiber supply and demand picture. He said to expect carbon fiber volume over the next 10 years of:

  • 2015: 65,000 tonnes, $2 billion value
  • 2020: 120,000 tonnes, $3.36 billion value
  • 2025: 170,000 tonnes, $4.72 billion value. 

By market, he says to expect the following:

  • 2015: Aerospace/defense, 26%; Industrial, 56%, Sports, 18%
  • 2020: Aerospace/defense, 18%, Industrial, 69%, Sports, 13%
  • 2025: Aerospace/defense, 16%, Industrial, 73%, Sports, 11%

Other confirmed speakers for the conference include:

  • Lessons Learned in Manufacturing Carbon Fiber for the i3 and i8 Vehicles, by ANDREAS WÜLLNER, CEO SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers.
  • Boeing/NASA Cryotank Development, by JOHN VICKERS, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center manager, National Center for Advanced Manufacturing NASA — Marshall Space Flight Center.
  • Innovating Carbon Fiber Composites: Tackling the Major Challenges for Unlocking New Market Opportunities, by ROSS KOZARSKY, analyst-advanced materials, Lux Research Inc.
  • Using Simulation to Design Lightweight Metallic and Carbon Composite Structures, by BRETT CHOUINARD, COO, Altair Engineering
  • Big Area Additive Manufacturing and Carbon Fiber Composites, by RICK NEFF, manager-market development, Cincinnati Inc.
  • Manufacture of Low-cost Carbon Fiber from Unmodified Textile Acrylic Fiber, by LEE MCGETRICK, director, CF Technology Facility, Oak Ridge National Laboratories
  • Application of Carbon Fiber Thermoplastic Composites in High Temperature, Low Sag (HTLS) High Voltage Overhead Power Conductors, MICHAEL RUBY, global composites business manager, engineered materials, Celanese; and PAUL SPRINGER, chief engineer, Southwire Co.
  • Advanced Automation for Large Composite Structures, BARRETT MILENSKI, research & development engineer, Composites Automation and Processing, ATK Aerospace Structures
  • Aerospace Complex-Shape Metal Replacement using Xycomp DLF Thermoplastic Composites, by TIM GREENE, global product manager, Greene, Tweed
  • Design and Fabrication of a Prototype Carbon Composite Radio Telescope for the Square Kilometre Array, GORDON LACY, mechanical engineer, NRC Canada
  • Recycled Carbon Fibre – processing and conversion (uses and potential uses), by ALEX EDGE, business development manager, ELG Carbon Fibre Ltd.
  • Increased Productivity by RFID-Based Material & Asset Tracking – From the Freezer to the Autoclave and Beyond, by AVNER BEN-BASSAT, president & CEO, Plataine Ltd.
  • Enabling Growth of Carbon Fiber Production while Balancing Product Quality, Economics, and Safety through Computational Fluid Dynamics [CFD] Modeling Analysis, by WILLIAM STRY, PETER WITTING, DAVID GELDARD, RENEE BAGWELL, Harper International
  • Carbon Fiber Sizing Requirements, by ANDY BRINK, global technology and business development manager, fibers and composites business unit, Michelman Inc.
  • Composite Cryotank Technologies and Demonstration (CCTD), by JAMES K. SUTTER, NASA Glenn Research Center and JOHN H. VICKERS, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Manager.

The conference is sponsored by C. A. Litzler Co. Inc., Harper International, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Izumi International Inc./Kamitsu and Aonix Advanced Materials Corp. Conference co-chairs are Tia Benson-Tolle, director of advanced materials, product development, Boeing Commercial Airplanes; and Doug Ward, consulting engineer-composites, GE Aviation.


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